The Internet of Things was a completly new notion of thinking for me, and something I was really unfamiliar with, however upon researching and watching various videos about its utility, its got me curious and hooked. A term coined in 2008 by MIT Media Lab it looks at conceptualising the next stage in communication networks and developing information flows. It is revolutionary in terms of communication and explores how physical objects can connect to the internet.
Once these objects are unified to a previously humanised internet, they gain a network address specific and unique to them, like the codes on the bottom of most laptops for example. These objects then obtain a sensory capacity whereby they can register changes to their environment. Something like detection of weather patterns or time (alarms etc.) is then stored and processed as information data on the device or in a storage database. The future is to independently initiate themselves based on the aggregate of content. The materiality doesn’t become the priority – it is the mass content aggregation.
Something I’d love to see done in the future is Drones, robots and T-Shirts connecting to the Internet of Things. Drones are closest in terms of utility with their link with GPS and wifi to smartphones and tablets. I think a live stream of a twitter feed or hashtag would make an interesting aesthetic, something CuteCircuit could pioneer.